Whether you use Rubbermaid or Gladware or glass bowls or the real deal name-brand Tupperware, we all probably have some types of dishes that we use for food storage. I just call all of it Tupperware. : ) That category of kitchenware can be a messy one. It can be difficult to keep them from becoming a jumbled mess in the cupboard, and the lids tend to crawl back into the depths and disappear. Five to ten minutes of organizing and decluttering in this area can make a big difference in your day-to-day life, making it easier to find what you're looking for and to put clean dishes away.
Here's my simple step-by-step process (you can skip the video if you'd rather read the tips):
Dig out all the Tupperware and spread it out on your counter or table.
Match up all the lids to the containers (little kids can be helpful with this - make it a game!)
Look at the leftover mismatched lids and containers. If the mate is temporarily missing because it's in use somewhere else, fine. If not, pitch the lonely lids. (They might be recyclable.) Topless containers can be repurposed as drawer organizers in your bathroom, kitchen, office or bedroom.
Assess what's left. You should be looking at a bunch of matching tops and bottoms. Do you have a reasonable number of containers for your regular weekly use, or do you have too many? Having a few spares is nice, but having too many just makes it hard to maintain order in this already unruly cabinet. Pass the extras along to a friend, donate them to your church kitchen, or ask your child's teacher if she can use them for classroom organization. Nice quality ones can be donated or sold at a consignment shop or on Facebook. >>>>If you're decluttering via our Spring Cleaning Mini Challenge, just toss all your extras in a box and set them aside until the end of the challenge, when we'll address what to do with those things in a separate post and video. <<<<
Put the keepers back neatly in the cupboard, or try my idea of using a small bin or shoebox to help keep them contained. You can implement a more organized storage system if that brings you joy and works with your lifestyle, but it's not necessary. Simply reducing the number of items you have makes it so much easier to find what you need!
SIDENOTE: If you're interested in upgrading to glass containers (they have seriously been one of the BEST things I've ever added to our kitchen), here's a link to the containers that I have and love...looks like Amazon has a great price on them right now and the quality is fantastic. I love that the plastic lids pop right on tightly just like Tupperware, and that the glass bowls can go right from the fridge to the microwave to the table! Much better than microwaving in plastic, and they look nice on the table! One set has been plenty for our family of six to store our meal leftovers as well as some cut-up fruit. It's a simple upgrade that's definitely worth the money...you might want to add this to your "want list"! (Find out more about my "want list" idea here.)
If this small improvement to your kitchen has energized you to do more, you can use the same method to declutter another cabinet, like mugs or baking pans. If not, just pat yourself on the back for spending a few minutes addressing one of the must common areas of kitchen clutter, and move on to enjoying life and dancing in the kitchen! (This fun sign is available to order here .)
Blessings from our homestead to yours!
Ang and Matt